Meet the Geeks

Dr. Hira Ahluwalia, President of MSR

Dr. Hira Ahluwalia

Dr. Hira Ahluwalia

President of Material Selection Resources Inc. (MSR), Dr. Hira Ahluwalia holds a Ph.D. in materials and corrosion engineering, and his areas of expertise include material selection, corrosion testing, metallurgy, and failure analysis. A member of ASM and NACE for 23 years, Dr. Ahluwalia has served as chairman of the NACE Annual Conference Program Committee and section chair of the ASM Corrosion Handbook. He is also a Nickel Institute consultant and Materials Technology Institute (MTI) consultant.

Liz Braden, Technical Service Representative at CSI

Liz Braden

Liz Braden

With a degree in Manufacturing Engineering, Liz has experience in the food processing industry, managing production and working to improve plant processes. Currently she works as a technical service representative at CSI, where her background gives her insight into understanding customers’ needs and finding solutions to their problems.

Michael David, Process Engineering

Michael David

Michael David

With a passion for Engineering, creative thinking, and problem solving, Michael’s enthusiasm for his work has been apparent since day one. He’s currently earning his Engineering degree at Missouri S&T in Rolla, MO (formerly UMR), where the rigorous coursework teaches him both the theoretical background and the real-world applications of his education. He employs these skills every day with his coworkers and customers, and it’s no surprise that he’s chosen a challenging yet rewarding path that takes abstract, technically minded thinking to arrive at a sensible solution.

Yogini Dhopade, Technical Service Representative at CSI

Yogini Dhopade

Yogini Dhopade

Although CSI is Yogini’s first job in the industry, by no means is she new to the field. With a Bachelor of Technology degree in Metallurgy and Material Technology, a Master of Science degree in Material Science, and a Master of Business Administration degree in Marketing, she possesses a wealth of knowledge and experience. As a specialist in alloys, she helps customers choose the right material for their application. She also serves as part of CSI’s Quality Assurance team.

Bryan Downer, VP-Product Development at CSI

Bryan Downer

Bryan Downer

As Vice President of Sales at CSI, Bryan is responsible for business development and product management.  He has expertise in the disciplines of mechanical, chemical, process, structural and control engineering. He also serves on the 3A Sanitary Standards Committee Subgroup and is a member of EHEDG.

Curtis Elkins, Technical Consultant at CSI

Curtis Elkins

Curtis Elkins

With 13 years experience as a Technical Consultant with CSI, Curtis Elkins specializes in developing custom fabricated solutions for pharmaceutical and biotech customers. He is a member of the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) and serves on the ASME BioProcessing Equipment (ASME BPE) subcommittees for material joining and surface finishing.

Ilana Goldberg, Export Specialist

Ilana Goldberg

Ilana Goldberg

As an Export Specialist at CSI, Ilana handles all international customers and international shipments. Fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, she has worked in several different industries in Brazil and the USA. She holds a Masters of Business Administration with emphasis in Marketing and Supply Chain and participates in the International Business Council of the Springfield Chamber of Commerce.

Eric Gore, Business Development Leader - Projects

Eric Gore

Eric Gore

Ken Kimbrel, VP UltraClean Electropolish, Inc.

Ken Kimbrel

Ken Kimbrel

Ken Kimbrel is the vice president of UltraClean Electropolish Incorporated. Ken has an extensive background in engineering and equipment manufacturing. He is also a National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) International board-certified corrosion technician and has written several technical papers.

Ken is an active member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and has served as inaugural chairman of the ASME BPE subcommittee on Metallic Materials of Construction. Currently, he is the vice chair of the Surface Finish subcommittee. He is also a member of the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE), ASM International (ASM), and the International Metallographic Society (IMS).

Michael Louck, Technical Consultant at CSI

Michael Louck

Michael Louck

Michael works as a Technical Consultant at CSI, where he specializes in solving processing problems. He enjoys visiting plants to see their applications first-hand, then identifying the best solution to meet that customer’s need. When an off-the-shelf product won’t do, Michael works with CSI’s design team to create a customized solution.

Dennis Moss, Project Manager at CSI

Dennis Moss

Dennis Moss

Dennis has a history of technical training over the years, including Alfa Laval pumps, valves & separators, APV plate/frame HTST systems, and APV high-pressure pumps. He spent 14 years working in Maintenance and Engineering, among several other jobs in the stainless steel industry. Now in his current role at CSI, Dennis has years of experience to aid him in helping his customers.

Tom O'Connor

Tom O’Connor

Tom O’Connor

With degrees in Manufacturing Engineering and Welding Technology, and 21 years experience as a Manufacturing & Tooling Engineer, Tom works as Quality Control Coordinator at CSI.  Tom is also a member of the American Welding Society (AWS), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and the ASME BioProcessing Equipment (ASME BPE) Committee.

Tim Riesenberg

Tim Riesenberg

Tim Riesenberg

Tim is Midwest Regional Sales Manager for Ace Sanitary, a leading manufacturer of high purity sanitary hose, couplings, and assemblies for the food, beverage, dairy, personal care, and pharmaceutical markets. With over 20 years experience in the hose industry, he has extensive knowledge of different compounds and applications and has conducted over 50 hose audits, including several for fortune 500 companies.

Lee Van Dixhorn

Lee Van Dixhorn

Lee Van Dixhorn

As Manager of Engineering for Hydro-Thermal Corporation, Lee is responsible for directing the activities of the engineering team and coordinating the research and development team for proprietary DSI equipment.  A registered Professional Engineer with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Lee has over 17 years of engineering experience in various industries. Recently, he earned the designation of Certified Steam System Specialist through the U.S. Department of Energy.

Mike Woods, Director of eCommerce

Mike Woods

Mike Woods

With a Bachelor’s in Chemistry and a Master’s in Business Administration, Mike has worked as a bench chemist and supervisor in a materials testing and environmental chemistry laboratory. At CSI he has served as a technical service representative, specializing in the corrosion resistant alloys program. He presently works as Director of eCommerce.